Luxury and boutique hotels in the Anambas Archipelago

The Anambas Archipelago’s islands are just a few prehistoric pindrops of land in the South China Sea, 160 nautical miles northeast of Singapore. Sustainability, rusticity and eco-luxury are the buzzwords here and, though total relaxation is a given, this is far more than a fly-and-flop destination. The treasure islands practically beg you to play explorer, botanist and marine biologist (there are hundreds of species of fish to identify during diving or snorkeling excursions), so survey the endless horizons on a hike, dive down to a shipwrecked vessel or sail to deserted beaches for picnics on the sugary-soft sand.

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When to go

Located just two degrees north of the equator, Bawah Island tends to have a fairly even climate all year round. The island gets half the rainfall of mainland Indonesia, but if you want to almost guarantee yourself a dry stay, visit between May and September.

Getting there

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    The closest airport is Singapore’s Changi Airport, but you’ll need a seaplane transfer (the flight takes around 80 minutes) to reach the archipelago.